After a motor vehicle accident, emotions run high. It is easy to forget the things that you absolutely need to do. You need to comply with the law, keep yourself and others safe and file a claim with the insurance company.
Here are some of the most important steps.
1. Call the police
One of the first things you want to do is call the police. A police officer can take and file an accident report, remain impartial and document the scene.
2. Get medical treatment
Even though you might seem fine, you should at least see a doctor. Sometimes, injuries do not show up until the next day or even a few days later.
3. Exchange information with the other driver
The act of exchanging information is also important. This way, you or your insurance company can find the other driver. The police also collect this information, but the report might not be immediately available.
4. Document the scene
Most people these days have a mobile phone with a camera. This makes it easy to document the scene of an accident. Take pictures of both vehicles, the area and anything else that might be important to your case.
You should also make notes as soon as possible. Write down as much as you can remember about the accident.
5. Contact a personal injury attorney ASAP
You should at least consult with an attorney as soon as possible. They can inform you of your rights and the possibility of recouping your losses.
With more vehicles on the road than ever before, there is a good chance that, despite your careful driving, you will be involved in an accident at some point.